Interview with P.D. Atkerson, Author of Phantom Thief

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Today, I’m honored to have P.D. Atkerson on the blog! I recently read Phantom Thief (check out my review here!), and that book was such a fun experience. I love that P.D. has written books that include all the cool stuff with spies without any of the nasty stuff that’s in secular fiction. If you’re a fan of adventure novels at all, check her books out. (And for those of you who kind of abhor romance, I think you’ve found an author for you.)

VH: Hi, P.D., and welcome to the blog! I’m so excited to have you join me today. Tell me a little bit about your writing journey. When did you first start writing? 

PA: I actually started writing with the One Year Adventure Novel. Although I didn’t end up finishing a story using it, it was what really got me started.

VH: What’s the hardest part about writing for you? 

PA: Does having too many ideas count? LOL The hardest part for me would probably be the ending. I’m always worried the story won’t end well.

VH: What authors have deeply influenced your writing?

PA: I actually have no idea. I mean, I’ve read some writing advice by C.S. Lewis, but I don’t know how much his writing influenced my writing. I can’t think of anyone else off the top of my head.

VH: I recently read the first in your Simon Lee series, Phantom Thief. It was so much fun! What inspired you to write that book?  

PA: Well, in all honesty, the kinds of shows and movies we watch tend to sway what I’m writing at the time. 😛 We were watching a TV show with heists at the time, and I think that may have had something to do with it. That and the fact that it’s so hard to find clean spy books without romance in them.

It also fit well with this idea I had for a certain relationship in the book. LOL

VH: What’s one of your best pieces of advice for an aspiring author? 

PA: I’m sure it’s been said a billion times before, but write what you want to read. Because if you don’t really like the story, it’s not likely other people will either.

VH: What’s your favorite type of character to write? 

PA: I’d probably have to say sarcastic. They seem to be the ones I do best, too. 🙂

VH: At what point did you realize you wanted to publish? How did you decide to go with indie publishing? 

I think I always wanted to publish, and I went indie because I didn’t want to deal with being rejected by publishing houses. LOL

VH: Tell me a little bit about your upcoming book, Exploit, coming out February 2. 

PA: Exploit is actually the second book in a series about a boy who grew up training to become an assassin, and how he tries to break away from that life. And since you’ve read Phantom Thief, you might recognize him. 🙂

VH: And can you share a little bit about your other upcoming book, Smoke Screen?

PA: Smoke Screen is the first book in a series I wasn’t expecting to write. The book is from two POVs, one actually being the main villain in the AKA Simon Lee series, and the other an FBI agent he’s forced to work with. 

VH: What do you hope readers will take away from your writing? 

PA: I honestly never thought about it. LOL Umm… a good read? 🙂

VH: What do your upcoming projects look like?

PA: The majority of them are spy novels, with a few sci-fi, and medieval ones thrown in.

VH: Thanks so much for chatting with me today, P.D.!

PA: Thanks for having me!

P.D. Atkerson is a homeschooled writer, living in Montana. She spends almost as much time in the worlds she creates as she does the real one.
When she’s not reporting the stories of her agents, she’s making cakes, learning different languages, or traveling to different worlds through the portals of books.
She has a black belt in sarcasm and a master’s degree in useless facts.

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